Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
Statement of Lorena Zárate, HIC President, condemning the violent crackdown on the demonstrators on October 19 in Paris
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Source: HIC

Mexico City, October 23, 2013

To the activists for the right to housing and the right to the city
To international public opinion
To the media
To the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing
To the UN-Habitat Executive Director
To the UCLG General Secretariat

On behalf of the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), a global network composed of more than 350 organizations in 120 countries around the world, working for 37 years for the promotion, protection and full realization of the right to housing and the right to the city, we strongly condemn, repudiate and make an international complaint against the crackdown on the demonstrators on October 19, in the Place de la République in Paris, France.

We have received reports and seen videos on the internet showing the obvious abuses committed by CRS on DAL (Droit au Logement - Right to Housing in French) activists and their supporters, resulting in many serious injuries, including to spokesperson Jean- Baptiste Eyraud, who suffered two broken ribs, as well as women, children and elderly people who had to be urgently transferred to hospitals.

The activities which occurred in Paris on October 19 were held as part of a European day of struggle for the right to housing and the right to the city against speculation and profit which consisted of coordinated activities in different cities in 20 European countries, in which HIC participated. We once again reaffirm our commitment and solidarity with these organizations and individuals and reject the increasing criminalization of social protests against those who defend their rights in different parts of the world, regardless of government regimes or political party affiliations of current authorities in power.

Adequate housing and access to the city are rights, not goods, and States are obliged to respect, protect and fully ensure them, in accordance with the principles of universality and non-discrimination, by allocating as many available resources as necessary. It is unacceptable to allow only a few people to speculate and accumulate wealth, while others are left in the streets and unemployed. The repression of these people for organizing and protesting to defend their rights is even more unacceptable.

Using the authority granted by our network’s Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, we will monitor these events and will lodge corresponding complaints with the international community.

No more repression! No more profit! The right to housing and the right to the city for all!

Lorena Zárate

• Economic, Social and Cultural Rights   • Housing and Land Rights / Right to Adequate Housing   • Housing and Land Rights Violations   • Housing Policies   • Right to the City   

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